Working Student Program

Many of our most enthusiastic riders can volunteer as working students.  Our working student program enables the best and brightest in our program to expand their responsibilities at the farm.  We do sometimes  offer a discounted cost of their riding lessons.  To be considered you have to be a current student at the farm with consistent experience in weekly lessons, and camp programs, and be at least 13 years old.

We consider our working students to be future riding instructors and trainers.  We want out students to learn new techniques, gain valuable skills and become excellent horse people.  The working student program is perfect for an intermediate or advanced level rider who would like to take his or her skills to the professional level.

Here’s how to tell if the working student program is right for you:

  • Would you rather clean stalls than clean your room?
  • Do you love the smell of fresh hay and pine shavings?
  • Do you find that even your clothes that you’ve never worn to the barn have horse hair on them?
  • Do you find yourself begging your parents for another ten minutes at the barn?
  • Are your pockets constantly loaded with horse treats?
  • Is your room decorated with horse pictures, horse figurines and horse show ribbons?
  • Do you find yourself daydreaming about winning at the World Equestrian Games in 10 years?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, the working student program might be right for you.  Contact Jim Baka today!

9 Comments on “Working Student Program”

  1. Karen Krager Says:

    Do you have riding classes during the winter?

  2. To answer your question, we absolutely have lessons in the winter. With an indoor riding arena connected to the barn, we provide convenient and safe ways to ride, and the barn temperatures very rarely go below freezing. We also have a heated viewing room fully stocked with free hot cocoa and popcorn for chilly days.

    We do occasionally cancel lessons if driving conditions are extremely dangerous, but we always call way ahead of time and we will schedule make-up lessons at the student’s convenience.

    Thanks for your interest in our farm. Feel free to email or call 440-286-1456 if you have more questions or would like to schedule a tour.

  3. Abbey Brandewiede Says:

    I answered yes to every question to see if the job is right for me. I’m thirteen. would I be able to do it?

  4. Eric Kois Says:

    What is the minimum age to do the program. Please excuse my mispelling!

    • Eric,

      Our minimum age for the program is 12 years old. In addition, working students should have some knowledge and experience with horses. You may contact Jim Baka directly at 440-286-1456 for more informaiton. Thank you!

  5. Jess Chebra Says:

    what do you consider an intermediate rider? Is there a certain dicipline that a rider has to know in order to start, or can they just have a good knowledge about horses and are learning?

  6. Wanna be a professional! Says:

    Do you guys ride professionally as in some of your students compete in; one, two three and four star events

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